Support Mass. Pesticide Reform Bills
The Mass. State legislature is considering several bills which would move our Commonwealth away from reliance on toxic biocides (life-killing chemicals) like glyphosate and toward life-honoring solutions for landcare and agriculture. Awareness and support among legislators has grown significantly and new science continues to emerge which validates our movement supporting swift action to protect the health and integrity of our communities, human and non-human alike.
The Mass. State Legislature has until July 31st 2022 to move these bills "to the floor" for a vote, otherwise we need to start the whole 2 year process over in January 2023. They need to hear from you so they can prioritize pesticide reform!
You can use this form to send a quick message to your legislators asking them to support any/all of the below high priority pesticide reform bills.
H.926, An Act relative to improving pesticide protections for Massachusetts schoolchildren. This bill would limit the use of pesticides on school property to those deemed to have "minimal risk" by the EPA and those which are used in organic landcare, unless granted a waiver for a public health emergency.
H.3991, An Act Relative to Pesticides. Also known as the "Raptor Bill," (eagles and hawks poisoned by poisoned rats...) this bill would codify the use of IPM and would create a statewide online reporting system for pesticide use.
H.4143, An Act relative to the pesticide board. This bill would result in a systemic improvement in the state’s pesticide regulatory framework by moving the Pesticide Board from the Dept. of Agriculture to the Dept. of Environmental Protection.
S.555/H.1001, An Act relative to Chemical Trespass This bill prohibits the application of agricultural pesticides within a one mile buffer zone around residences, medical facilities, schools, parks and playgrounds. It requires posted notice when pesticides are applied next to a buffer zone, requires a transparent complaint process and provides for penalties for violations, including suspension of pesticide applicator licenses and certifications.
We are so grateful to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture for advancing the above legislation from their committee. These are legislators who prioritize environmental protection and many of them are sponsors of the pesticide reform bills which we support.
Please use this form asking your own legislators to support final passage of meaningful pesticide reform legislation this session. It will take significant political pressure to overcome the power of the pesticide lobby.
Fortunately, we have the weight of public awareness and ecological wisdom behind us. We are speaking not only for ourselves and our families, but for the interconnected community of human and non-human life which prefers healthy living landscapes over pesticide dependency and corporate profits.
Thank you for taking action and being heard!
Note: Personal phone calls are worth >100X more than emails. We strongly encourage supporters to call their legislators directly about these bills after sending an email. You can look up their names and phone numbers, here: openstates.org